Wordless/Wordful Wednesday 004: Gourds of Kenya

 

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My friends noticed that I’m posting mainly about Kenya. They are right. As of now, I’m waiting for a call to start work at a new company. So while waiting,  I am taking this opportunity to write about what I had seen and experienced in Kenya.

Also, I didn’t get to post much while I was there because I live in and with the local community where electricity is yet to arrive. I only get to be online when I am in the town capital or in Nairobi when we have important meetings. So what I’m doing now is like back-dating, or making up for the lost time.

But anyways, you know what they say, it is better than never, ‘aight?

So, on to my post…

Do you know what are these?

These are dried bottle gourds and are originally used (apart from being eaten as vegetable/food) as water carriers/bottles,  but now have other, multiple uses in Kenya and other African countries. The bottle gourds belong to the same family as cucumbers, squashes (including pumpkins), luffas, and melons. They are oddly shaped and hard-skinned.

The gourds are arranged creatively, as pictured above, to represent all the 42 ethnic tribes in Kenya that use them. That’s a monster gourd above there – the mother of all gourds in Kenya!

4 Comments

  1. lovely photos and very interesting about the gourds. we have them here (in thailand) too but i don’t think people eat them or use them for much other than decoration. in the united states too… they are mostly decorative.

    they make great bird houses. 🙂

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